Wednesday, September 21, 2011

40's girl

The review at amazon describes it as follows,
 In Taking Flight, you'll find overflowing inspiration? Complete with a kindred spirit in author and mixed-media artist Kelly Rae Roberts. Join her on a fearless journey into the heart of creativity as you test your wings and learn to find the sacred in the ordinary, honor your memories, speak your truth and wrap yourself in the arms of community.
Along the way you?ll be inspired by:

  • Step-by-step techniques? learn the most-loved mixed-media methods of the author and seven talented contributing artists, and combine them in fresh and unexpected ways.
  • Thought-provoking prompts and quotes? Along with encouraging stories, insights and gentle guidance for finding your bliss, whatever your art or craft.
  • Plenty of eye candy? Pages and pages of the author's endearing artwork, along with the varied works of the contributors.

I picked up some lovely vintage postcards while at an antique shop in NH in early summer after a lovely time at S.A.W. They are from the 50's and one from 1941. Four cards all from Jacksonville, FL, which is our closest "big" city and where my mom grew up. I love the romantic image these cards have on their fronts and the stories they tell on the back. I drew inspiration from the card dated NOV 29 1941, it tells of couple that is visiting Jacksonville, with it's warm weather and hopes of visiting the orange groves.

I researched some images of 1940's woman and cam up with this one. She is wearing here tailored, buttoned up dress shirt with pin-stripes and dreaming of her recent visit to the orange groves. The steps in the book were clear and easy to follow. I did not have the exact materials listed for this project, but was able to use what I had to make it work. This was really fun and I learned many new techniques for applying paint and using other mediums in this piece. I hope to work through a few other projects from this book soon.


  1. I LOVE your orange 50's girl SO much! and thanks for linking to my page - that was very sweet of you:)

  2. thanks for stopping by heather! my 40's girl was lots of fun to work on and i learned a lot in the process. thanks for giving me a copy of the book!!

  3. I love this!! I'm excited that you posted about this blog on FB and I'm all signed up to follow along. :-) BTW, this reminds me of another favorite artist/blog that I follow: Paulette Insall. You might enjoy her work too.

  4. thanks Kim! we are excited about sharing what we've been up to. it is no longer our secret little project:)